Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ben Kweller

Do you know of musicians that you THINK you like, just for the tiny detail that you actually never have heard any of their music? Well, that was how I felt about American singer-songwriter Ben Kweller. I have bumped into his name lots of times through the last couple of years but it was not until the other day that I finally could be arsed to listening to the guy.

Last week he released his fourth album, simply called "Ben Kweller". This was a suitable occation to give him a chance. And - as you really ought to have guessed by now - a really liked his simple, enjoyable and a bit naive songs. So here's a chance for other Kweller-analphabetics (old acquaintances can listen in too):
  • Ben Kweller - Nothing Happening
  • Ben Kweller - Penny On The Train Track

  • Some of his older songs:
  • Ben Kweller - Sha Sha
  • Ben Kweller - I Need You Back
  • Late Night Tales Series

    In the past, the "Late Night Tales" series have mostly featured electronic artists, but this has all been turned around by the latest installments. The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Turin Brakes and most recently Air have all released signature albums. Each Late Night Tale album contains various tracks selected by the featured artist, aimed for home listening.

    I really enjoy discovering new music in this way, every album has surprised me - generally the artists choose tracks that are a bit far from their own musical styles.

    If you havn't already, I highly recommend checking out this series.

    Sara Grabow and Blueberries

    Maybe I´m a bit affected by the fact that I´ve seen Sara Grabow perform twice within the last five days, but what a voice, really one of a kind. I´ve listen to her debut record Blueberries (which is being released the 9/10) about five times by now and it still grows on me.

    that was a short but an important note - the note of the day!

    Listen to some of her songs at her MySpace

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Phantom of the Opera

    Yesterday PJ Harvey played a brilliant solo concert in the Royal Danish Opera. Without doubt one of the most original female rock-artists of her generation. Definitly the coolest. Here is a couple of treats..

    Pj Harvey - Sheela Na Gig acoustic
    Pj Harvey - Oh my lover acoustic

    A freind called Björk more interesting. I disagree. Here's the combination...

    Friday, September 22, 2006

    Ben Folds covers Postal Service

    I found this amazing cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Hights" by Ben Folds on YouTube today. It's quite unique - one member is playing a towel-covered postbox with a wooden spoon. Check it out!

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    The Mendoza Line, Athens mp3

    Athens, Georgia band The Mendoza Line just dropped into my ears today. They are worth mentioning for their unprententious singersongwriting, which on their soon-to-be-released-in-the-UK album "Full of Light and Full of Fire" is stired with the prettiest protest songs. It's their seventh album and it's in the folk/country tradition sharing a common love of Dylan and Costello.

    The topics are quite heavy; the spiritually and economically disenfranchised, the isolated and ruined, those who are lost or are simply trying to disappear. But don't despair, singer Shannon Mary McArdle does a fine job.

    It's a small release but it's done with a light hand, so please step forward. It's great!

    The Mendoza Line - Mysterious in Black (mp3)
    (Full of light... 2006)
    The Mendoza Line - Catch a Collapsing Star (mp3)(Full of light... 2006)

    The Mendoza Line - It's a Long Line (mp3)
    (Fortune, 2004)
    The Mendoza Line - Let's not Talk About It (mp3)
    (Fortune, 2004)

    Monday, September 18, 2006

    Whitest Boy Alive - Live in Vega

    The Whitest Boy Alive played Vega yesterday. The dorky Erlend Oye, which reminds me of a young Bill Gates, was pretty awsome.
    Indielaundry-mate Arnar visited from Reykjavík and was pleased as well, even though he thought better of the Hot Chip-concert at the same venue friday.

    The band played a remake of Snap's "I've Got The Power" and their version of Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" was awesome as well. Brilliant synthezizer-electro pop.

    The lousy picture on this entry is a mobile shot of Erlend Oye, one meter from me... He crowdsurfed from the stage to the back of the hall and back again. The audience liked it, and the band had the energy as well. Nice sunday.

    The Whitest Boy Alive - Inflation (mov)
    The Whitest Boy Alive - Burning (mp3)

    Sunday, September 17, 2006

    Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master - mp3

    I've never heard about Phelan Sheppard, but the minutes with he and his lush tunes was good spend this sunday. He is doing this ambient-electronic-folksy music and has a new album out on The Leaf Label.
    It's kind of melancholy and emotional and has contribution from Boston folk band Willard Grant Conspiracy. All in all interessting work.
    Read on and buy the album on PostEverything

    Phelan Sheppard - Parachute Seeds
    Phelan Sheppard - weaving song

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Rutledge news

    Alt. country wonderboy Justin Rutledge will in three weeks release 'The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park' - the follow-up to his masterpiece-debut, 'No Never Alone'.
    Stream a new song on his website here

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    Song of the year?

    I did not know I was a Frank Black fan, but... I am! I just got his latest album. His double album Fast man/Raider Man is excellent. It is updated and rockin Van Morrison-inspired rock'n'roll. Great song upon great song - with a charming classic americana feel. Especially the song Elijah is my best bid on the song of the year so far. Try it!

    Elijah mp3
    Fast Man mp3

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Yo La Tengo and Bonnie Prince Billy mp3

    Yo La Tengo is about to release "I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass" and the enigmatic Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "The Letting Go".

    While the Yo La Tengo album seem to be bit of a bold, eclectic, 80-minute album, the Bonnie-album is just plain enchanting. It may well be his loveliest.
    The album is series of meditations and tone poems on love and mortality. Folksy singer Dawn McCarthy is supporting Billy's tremulous expression, which is kind of stream-of-consciousness lyricism.

    The Yo-La's has also put music on the soundtrack for the roadmovie "Old Joy".which features Will Oldham aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. So the connection is there.

    Yo La Tengo
    Yo La Tengo - "Beanbag Chair" (MP3)
    Yo La Tengo - "Sometimes I Don't Get You" (MP3)
    Yo La Tengo - "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" (MP3)

    New Bonnie-songs
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Cursed Sleep" (MP3)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "No bad news" (MP3)
    Older Bonnie-songs (thx. Daytrotter)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "The Seedling" (MP3)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone" (MP3)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "The Sun Highlights the Lack in Each" (MP3)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "The Sun Highlights the Lack in Each" (MP3)
    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - "New Partner" (MP3)

    Into the Blue Again

    The Album Leaf is classically trained multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaVelle's electronic solo-project.

    During the Fall of 2001, The Album Leaf opened for Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós during their US tour. During this tour, LaValle secured the use of Sigur Rós' Icelandic studio "Sundlaugin" for his third album, In a Safe Place, as well as the services of many of its band members. Some tracks from "In a Safe Place" have been used in the television series "the O.C." as well as other shows on CBS, NBC and Showtime.

    LaVelle returned to Sigur Rós' studio to mix his latest album "Into the Blue Again", set to be released on SubPop on the 12th of september. LaVelle collaborated with Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv with programming and engineering on some tracks of the new album.

    "Into the Blue Again" features more vocals than LaVelle's previous albums without straying too far from his signature sound. The album in whole is simply beautiful and fits perfectly for those coming autumn days.

    Watch "The making of Into the Blue Again" below

  • Always for you (mp3)
  • Monday, September 04, 2006

    Nørlund meets Van Zandt

    Danish indie-godfather Nikolaj Nørlund has released a cover-album with Townes van Zandt songs, with his band Rhonda Harris. I can only be a good experience and a even better way to get to know the work of Van Zandt.
    Marie - mp3

    What a night...

    Still celebrating that Ryan Adams will bless Copenhagen with a visit the 10th of October, I just found out that Neal Casal (who has also played the guitar for Ryan) will support him. I guy who Allmusic calls a reincarnation of Gram Parson. Oh my, that night's gonna be the climax of my life. Get a taste..
    Freeway To The Canyon - mp3
    Grand Island - mp3